Ex-child soldier 'didn’t mean to kill'

2013-01-29 09:29
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Cape Town - A former Ugandan child soldier has told the Western Cape High Court he did not mean to kill Danish millionaire Preben Povlsen in 2008, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that Francis Kimeze, 38, and two others appeared in court on Monday in connection with Povlsen's death at his Gordon's Bay home on January 14.

He was found with 50 stab wounds, a broken neck and a partially burnt body.

Kimeze, who was defending himself, reportedly told the court Povlsen caught him and a friend smoking in his garage that night, and berated them.

According to Kimezen, a scuffle ensued, during which Povlsen took a knife from his belt and stabbed his arm.

"I don't know how, but in that tangle I got big fear [sic]. I lost my mind, I don't know really how I can explain.

"It was my fault. I was taught not to fight with people and my mother always told me the same, but I was lost with fear [sic]," he reportedly wrote in notes before the court.

Kimeze reportedly said he had not killed anyone since 1994 when he was part of the Rwandese Patriotic Front. He had been abducted in primary school to serve as a child soldier.

The case continues on Tuesday.

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